Power, Pulchritude and Performance: Flight Testing the Pipistrel Panthera–Final

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By Jim Campbell, ANN CEO/Editor-n-Chief/Test Pilot (Arrogant, Over-Opinionated Know-It-All/Test Dummy)

ANN E-I-C Note: Here it is… the final stretch… and that much-anticipated report card… Again, we apologize for how long it took to get the whole series published, but between pandemic issues, the fact that we’re carefully studying how we’ll do flight tests from here on out (as opposed to the junk often published online, especially on YouTube), and the fact that we’ve been laboriously rebuilding ANN into a mechanism that can better survive whatever the future throws at us… well… we’ve had a LOT on our plates.

OK… let’s summarize the preceding three-or-four million words (or so they seemed). The following report card is my subjective analysis of all that we experienced in this flight test. While emphasizing that this report card is specifically detailed for a high-performance single engine cruiser… and evaluated to what I consider to be proper criteria for same. Also note this… I am a really tough grader… there are very few ‘Grade A’ airplanes in any category and that anything above a ‘Grade C’ means good things and is a more than acceptable aircraft.

Sooner or later, you get to choose an aircraft… and to accept the many changes such a decision will make in your life. For many, this decision is the scariest of all. It is a source either of great joy or of great consternation.

Well, we’ve been there a few times and each time, no matter how well the decision turned out, we always wished we’d had more objective information. So here is as much expert and objective information as we can cram into these 12000 plus words. No quibbling, no hype. Just a summary of the facts.

For more (excruciating) detail, please refer to Parts 1-5…

At the start of each listing, you will see a single phrase that sums up our feelings on the matter. Among our various pronouncements, you may see the following terms.

Outstanding is reserved for the very best of the breed and is used sparingly. Highly Recommended indicates that the aircraft has distinguished itself above and beyond the norm and carries our personal recommendation, based upon the knowledge we had at press time. Recommended means the craft seems to be a good flyer and the company consists of acceptable people with whom to do business, and that we have uncovered few

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